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Online Junkie

Addicted to the Net.

This story appears in the May 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

There's a fine line between being distracted by the Net and actually being addicted to it. Either way, your productivity--and business--suffers. "With a start-up business, there's a threat of playing rather than working," says Kimberly S. Young, owner of the Center for On-Line Addiction in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Young says the warning signs of Internet addiction are similar to those of other addictions: "a preoccupation with the Internet while offline, a constant anticipation of the next online session, lying about the extent of use to others. For compulsive users, their whole life becomes the Internet."

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